The Only Round Lake Beach Soldier Killed in WWII
Join us along with the Northern Illinois Pipes and Drums, the Marine Corps League, Mayor Rich Hill, and other notable dignitaries as the Roger Taylor Park is re-dedicated on July 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM.
The Roger Taylor Park is a triangular-shaped park bounded by Morningside, Highland, and Walnut. Roger Taylor joined the Marine Corps on June 2, 1944, at age 18, and was the only man from Round Lake Beach to die in World War II at the young age of 19. Taylor had originally been buried overseas in Iwo Jima, but was brought back home in November 1949 to be buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Round Lake. A local resident, Jeff Denecke, who never met Taylor, grew up across the street and spent much time playing in the park. He, along with other neighbors became very protective of the plaque that had been placed at the park. Over the years and after doing his own stint in the military Denecke began doing more research on the man he only knew by the name on the park plaque. This, along with research by other friends and family, resulted in his creation of a blog that goes into more depth on the WWII veteran.
My Barrington Life has a wonderful three-page article detailing how Denecke’s blog came about and goes into great detail of how we have gotten to this point of re-dedication. Rather than duplicate all the wonderful things that have been already written in both the Denecke blog and the My Barrington Life article, I invite all of you to spend an hour or so at the re-dedication this coming Friday. I will be there to capture it all on video which will be included in a new post over this coming weekend. During the re-dedication a new memorial plaque will be added.
Let’s all demonstrate the impact of what soldiers like Roger Taylor have done for us along with what soldiers are doing for us now and show our support with a huge turnout for this very special occasion. See you there!